Independent label: Mott The Hoople Verden Allen was born on May 26, 1944 in South Wales, and moved with his parents to Hereford around 1960. After seeing Pete Watts and Dale Griffin play with The Anchors at the Cabin in 1963, he decided to join a band. Having taken piano lessons as a child, keyboards were the obvious choice. He got a Vox Continental and joined local group The Inmates in August 1964, teaming up with Brian Pilling (lead vocals), Tony Breen (guitar), Jerrald Broad (bass), and Dave Scudder (drums). Verden signed a solo deal with Polydor Records through Hedley Leyton, brother to John Leyton. Teamed with a singer named Mooni, they released one single under than name. Both songs were written by Verden Allen. Verden signed to Don Arden's Jet Records in 1978, and teamed up with Luther Grosvenor to record a single, under the rather obvious name Verden and Luther. The single was released in July 1978 and produced by Jake Commander, who served as sound man for ELO and Widowmaker, among others. Both songs were written by Verden Allen, in fact On The Rebound dated back to Verden's earlier band Cheeks. The songs were recorded with Verden on keyboards and vocals, Luther on guitar, Norman Jarrett on bass, and Martin Chambers on drums. Colleen marked the first release on Verden's own private record label, Spinit. This original version had a small print run and features Through and Through on the B side. Verden sang and played most of the instruments himself, with Martin Chambers on drums. The second release on Spinit was a reissue of Colleen, using the same catalog number as the first release, but with Sweet Sweet Girl on the A side and Colleen relegated to the B side. Sweet Sweet Girl dates from the 1978 sessions that produced On The Rebound, and features Luther Grosvenor on guitar, Norman Jarrett on bass, and Martin Chambers on guitar. Tomorrow Released on Verden's own label, Spinit, this single saw very limited distribution. Both tracks feature Dale Griffin and Overend Watts, who are credited indirectly on the label (Arrangement and production by Mott The Hoople Minus Two). About Tomorrow Another limited release on the Spinit label. This single is a remastered version of his earlier single, as indicated by the modified catalog number VA2-RM. This release sportsd a picture sleeve and a title change (Tomorrow becomes About Tomorrow), and was issued on both black and red vinyl. Dale Griffin and Overend Watts are now prominently mentioned on the sleeve. Come On Back It pairs the previously-issued Sweet Sweet Girl with a new track, Come On Back. The sleeve credits Luther Grosvenor, Norman Jarrett and Martin Chambers, although I'm not sure wherther the played on Come On Back or not. On later copies, a note was added to the sleeve indicating that the record was Distributed by The Cartel.

82 Verden Allen  Colleen / Through and Through SPINIT VA 1
83 Verden Allen  Tomorrow / This Way Now SPINIT VA 2
82 Verden Allen  Sweet Sweet Girl / Colleen SPINIT VA 1
85 Verden Allen  About Tomorrow / This Way Now SPINIT VA 2 RM
84 Verden Allen  Come On Back / Sweet Sweet Girl SPINIT VA 3